Not Dhoni, Sourav is the best Indian captain: Yuvraj
Two Indian legends: Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni.
Yuvraj Singh has played under both Indian captains
By KT Sports
Published: Mon 12 Sep 2016, 6:52 PM
Last updated: Fri 16 Sep 2016, 3:39 PM
Flamboyant Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh never shies away from a challenge. The star of India's 2007 T20 World Cup-winning squad was recently challenged by Radio Mirchi - an Indian FM station - to name the best captain he has played under in an Indian shirt. Such a question can put cricketers in a tight spot as they prefer to play it safe by giving diplomatic answers. After all, it was under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly that Yuvraj started his fantastic international career with a dazzling run-a-ball 82 against world champions Australia in 2000. Now everyone who follows Indian cricket knows that Sourav played a big role in Yuvraj's progress as formidable international batsman, especially in the short form of the game. Ganguly was also given credit for the role he played in the hugely successful careers of Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan. Ganguly even fought with selectors when Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Zaheer and Sehwag were rookies and the selectors were not really convinced about their potential. It was the vision and the leadership of Ganguly that helped youngsters like Yuvraj flourish as India for the first time in their cricket history became a tough team to beat even outside Asia. But having said that, Yuvraj enjoyed the greatest moments of his international career under Dhoni's captaincy. Who could ever forget those six consecutive sixes that he hit against England fast bowler Stuart Broad in the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa? Yuvraj enjoyed a phenomenal run with the bat as India won that inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup by famously beating Pakistan in a nail-biting final. It was also under Dhoni's captaincy that Yuvraj won the player of the tournament award as India won the 2011 World Cup on home soil. So naturally, Yuvraj found himself in a spot of bother when the RJ asked him to reveal his pick for the best Indian captain. But the Punjab left-hander, who can hit sixes for fun when in the mood, showed the straightest of bats while playing the 'googly'. "Sourav Ganguly," Yuvraj said. "I started my career under Sourav and I think he is the one who put this team together and supported players like myself, Ashish (Nehra), (Virender) Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan (Singh). So probably he would be the best captain," he added. A lot of people hailed Dhoni as the architect of India's rise to the number one spot in Test cricket as well as their triumphs in the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup. But Yuvraj's answer puts things in perspective as it was under Ganguly that India began to play fearless and exciting cricket.